With a city as vast as Los Angeles, it’s important to choose a good base depending on what you want to do. Santa Monica is a great central base by the beach and close to the airport.
Head to Beverly Hills and West Hollywood for a more sophisticated trip, as they're full of luxurious hotels and endless designer shopping. Choose Hollywood if you want to be at the centre of the film industry, with must-see shows, celebrity-frequented\restaurants and world-class hotels.
The Valley is home to natural and cultural attractions including some of the city’s best sushi restaurants and lovely vintage boutiques; while Downtown LA is the perfect location for restaurants, a thriving nightlife, fashion and venues such as the Staples Center and The Walt Disney Concert Hall.
For an LA experience without the crowds, head to the quieterbeaches of Marina del Rey not far from the airport.
Our top picks
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Visited by royalty, presidents and the Hollywood elite, indulge in luxurious living at this historic and legendary Beverly Hills hotel where lavish rooms, a sumptuous day spa and exceptional dining await.
Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
A five-minute walk from Sunset Strip, this hip hotel offers rooms and suites with luxurious modern decor plus superb onsite facilities, including an exclusive rooftop pool with city views and a sophisticated ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant.
The Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Iconic and luxurious, this hotel boasts lavish guest rooms, including suites with private indoor/outdoor living spaces, along with the famed Aqua Star pool area, chic Circa 55 and the Polynesian-themed Trader Vic’s Lounge.
Magic Castle Hotel
7025 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood
Award-winning and delightful, this kitschy yet charming hotel is set one block from the Chinese Theatre and offers a pool, bakery and snug rooms through to spacious one- or two- bedroom suites.
The Beverly Garland Hotel
4222 Vineland Avenue, West Hollywood
Set on three shady hectares, this resort-style hotel is a five-minute drive from Universal Studios and features stylish rooms and an array of leisure facilities, including a heated pool, spa, sauna and gym.